Utility Regulation Generally

ORS 757.679
Net billing agreements


Nothing in ORS 757.669 (Policy regarding consumer-owned electric utilities) to 757.687 (Consumer-owned utility offering direct access) is intended to impair the rights or obligations of any party to net billing agreements. Notwithstanding any other provision of ORS 757.600 (Definitions for ORS 757.600 to 757.689) to 757.667 (City authority over rights of way), 757.676 (Consumer-owned utility authorized to offer direct, portfolio or other forms of access to electricity services) and 757.687 (Consumer-owned utility offering direct access), and in the event a participating utility is required to make payments pursuant to a net billing agreement, the governing body of a participating utility may levy a rate, fee or charge, including a nonbypassable distribution system access charge against retail electricity consumers located within the utility’s service territory, to meet its obligations.


As used in this section:


“EWEB” means the City of Eugene, Oregon, acting by and through the Eugene Water and Electric Board.


“Net billing agreements” means those certain agreements that provide for the payment, through net billing of costs of certain nuclear power projects, including the payment of bonds, notes or other evidences of indebtedness issued by EWEB and by the supply system, respectively, to pay such project costs entered into prior to July 23, 1999:


Between the administrator of the Bonneville Power Administration and EWEB;


Among a participating utility, the administrator of the Bonneville Power Administration and EWEB; or


Among a participating utility, the administrator of the Bonneville Power Administration and the supply system.


“Participating utility” means a consumer-owned utility established by, or organized and existing under, the Oregon Constitution and laws of the State of Oregon, and that is a party to a net billing agreement.


“Supply system” means the Washington Public Power Supply System, a municipal corporation or joint power agency organized and existing under and pursuant to the laws of the State of Washington. [1999 c.865 §25]
Chapter 757

Notes of Decisions

Under regulatory scheme, Public Utility Commissioner has authority to promulgate rule limiting telephone company's liability for directory listing errors or omissions. Garrison v. Pacific NW Bell, 45 Or App 523, 608 P2d 1206 (1980)

Refund is proper exercise of Public Utility Commission's general powers if refund (1) is based only on information in existence at time of rate order for which refund is being made; (2) is not based on evaluation of public utility's actual expenses or revenues; and (3) is not effectuated by offsetting future rates. Gearhart v. Public Utility Commission, 255 Or App 58, 299 P3d 533 (2013), aff'd 356 Or 216, 339 P3d 904 (2014)

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Authority of Governor and Public Utility Commissioner to enter into binding agreements with respect to uniform curtailment plans, (1977) Vol 38, p 861


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